Friday, 30 June 2017

Birthdays & Anniversaries

Pappu Venugopala Rao
(Excerpted from the Sruti archives)

Born 30.6.1948
Dr. Pappu Venugopala Rao would have been an automatic choice for such an award this Chennai music season; only, going by the number of recent accomplishments to his credit, Man of the Year would be a more appropriate description. In addition to delivering several brilliant lectures and lecture demonstrations, he was also a prolific author during the year, with his outstanding works including Rasamanjari (a treatise on the nayika-nayaka classification of Bhanudatta), Research Methodolgy for Music and Dance Students, and A Bunch of Javalis. His conduct of the morning academic sessions at the Music Academy – as its secretary and a member of its experts’ committee – during the season was immaculate, with his effective control of the proceedings often leavened by humour and warmth. Venugopala Rao has always worn an impressive variety of hats. He has taught physics, mathematics, Sanskrit and Telugu, and has also been a management expert. A member of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, editor of the Journal of the Music Academy, Associate Director General of the American Institute of Indian Studies, which he served for more than two decades, he has also been an accredited ashtavadhani with numerous performances to his credit. Does that surprise anyone?

To read full story, buy Sruti 329

Pudukotai Dakshinamurthy Pillai (1875-1937) 

Most of us have not heard this yogi of a percussionist play either the mridanga or the khanjira, but all any of us has to do is listen to the rave reviews of his performance— and personality— given by the nonagenarian Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer to understand that this exponent of the Pudukotai style was an exemplary sideman with a magnificent sound that matched his heart. He exerted a tremendous influence on the music of his times.

(Excerpted from the Sruti archives
Sruti 183)

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